Wednesday, June 6, 2018

J.L. Chave in Vinous

The newest reviews of J.L. Chave's 2016 vintage are in. Josh Raynolds, writing for Vinous, highlights the Hermitage but also focuses on Saint-Joseph - of the "Clos Florentin," which is only in its second vintage, he says, "I'm guessing there won't be many Hermitages that will match this wine for sheer elegance as well as depth."

The Chave family is based in a small village on the northern right bank of the Rhone. There have been Chaves growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill since 1481. Gerard Chave took over from his father in 1970 and rapidly achieved megastar status due to the extraordinary quality of his wines and has since passed on the winemaking responsibilities to his son Jean-Louis. The Chave’s methods for all their winemaking are traditional farming, super low yields, full ripeness, and minimal manipulation. Their unmatched meticulousness continues through five centuries to render venerable expressions of the purest of Rhône terroir.

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